We don’t look at polka dots twice. Our brains immediately recognize that they’re a repeating pattern of dots. The same goes for plaid, chevron or any kind of design. We’re also able to look at a bunch of statistics and know how to interpret the data to recognize if there’s a pattern there or not. These concepts are so ingrained in our brains during adulthood, but young children are baffled by patterns. They don’t understand them. When kids are toddlers and about to enter preschool, that’s about the time they should begin to learn about patterns. Understanding patterns can also help with math later on.
We rounded up the best pattern books for kids, so you can help teach them at home about this concept. One of our picks is a fun coloring book, which is great for kids who like a more hands-on method to learning. We also have a pattern book that you could read to your kids before bedtime, and they can go to sleep with visions of polka dots dancing in their heads. The last option is a book chock full of animals and interactive games that build your children’s skills. There’s a book for every kind of learner. You’ll even learn how to explain concepts, which are second nature to you, to your kids.
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1. Cute and Playful Patterns Coloring Book
This coloring book is bursting with patterns, from mandalas to animal patterns. Made for kids ages five and up, this coloring book will teach your kids about what it means to create a pattern. By sitting down with them, you can help them understand that if they color one fox blue and the second fox pink and then alternate the colors, it’ll be a pattern. This calming book has 30 designs, which are on single-sided pages, so you save your little one’s creations.
2. My First Book of Patterns
This bright, colorful book written by Bobby and June George, is a great way to teach your kids about patterns before bed. By showing them stripes, plaid, chevron and, of course, polka dots, your little one will slowly be introduced to the concept of repeating objects. A circle is shown by itself first. On the following pages, it’s shown how many circles make up polka dots. This educational book will help you explain and illustrate what a pattern is.
3. National Geographic Kids Look and Learn: Patterns!
In this National Geographic kids’ book, your child will learn about simple patterns. This 24-page book uses photography, games, activities and designs to help kids identify patterns. Vibrant and approachable, this activity-based board book will help parents learn the teaching tools to help explain what adults believe to be simple concepts to their little ones—with the help of some super cute animals.